The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does James spend much of Chapter 13 trying to find?

2. To what does Volterra attribute the cult killings at the end of Chapter 8?

3. In Chapter 13, what does Lindsay Keller say technology is doing to the world?

4. Based on the revelations of the novel, who most likely tried to shoot James?

5. What is the first thing Singh asks Owen in Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does James follow up on his Mani discovery later in Chapter 8?

2. How does Owen look in Chapter 12?

3. How did Del Nearing and Frank Volterra meet?

4. What point about the murders does Andahl make in Chapter 9?

5. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?

6. What suspicions does James have about Eliades in Chapter 13?

7. In Chapter 12, why does Owen go to Lake Rajsamand?

8. Where is Volterra in his planning for the cult film at the end of Chapter 8?

9. What unsettling information does Ann Maitland tell James in Chapter 10?

10. What does James Axton learn in Bombay early in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Names, Don DeLillo has created a central mystery - the mystery of the cult - in which clues and revelations are annoyingly amorphous and cannot necessarily be trusted. Write an essay about the subjectivity of truth in the novel, focusing on three pieces of information that James Axton gleans in his investigation. Where does this information come from? What is James's attitude towards it? Does he think that it is ultimately trustworthy?

Essay Topic 2

In The Names, Don DeLillo sets up two mysteries that seem at one point to be connected. Write an essay discussing the reality behind both mysteries and how DeLillo juxtaposes them. Which two entities are aware of James Axton, and which one specifically attempts to harm him? What inclinations does he have that either of these entities is on to him? Which entity does Eliades belong to? How the reality behind either entity revealed in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Don DeLillo's novel deals with the notion of marriage in the latter half of the twentieth century by observing several married people dealing with issues of modern marriage. Write an essay about three such individuals. How does each individual feel about the marriage? How do they deal with the temptations involved in living abroad? How do these decisions affect the marriage? Discuss the state of the marriage at the end of the novel:

Part 1) James Axton

Part 2) Ann Maitland

Part 3) Janet Ruffing

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